“I Was Out There Just Being a Dead Human Being” – Kurt Angle Reveals Nightmarish WWE Moment Unable to Recall Anything After Scary Accident in Confession to Joe Rogan

Published 09/21/2023, 6:29 AM EDT

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Kurt Angle, a legendary figure in both amateur and professional wrestling, recently shared his remarkable story on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Born in Pennsylvania, Angle’s wrestling journey began in the amateur circuit, culminating in his stunning gold medal win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, all while competing with a broken neck. After winning the Olympics, Kurt Angle received an invitation from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as WWE.

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In this podcast appearance, Angle opened up about the adversity he faced in and out of the ring. He shared his views on topics like MMA, grappling and his storied career as a professional wrestler. And opened up about the toll wrestling has taken on his body over the years. He also talked about wrestling an entire match that he doesn’t even remember being a part of!

Kurt Angle tells Joe Rogan the story of the match he can’t even remember

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The conversation about knockouts began with Angle mentioning that he remembers being knocked out during a match. During this match, a premature table collapse caused him to hit his head on the concrete floor, leaving him dazed. Despite his disorientation, Angle was expected to continue the match and pretend to be knocked out, but he had no memory of the events that followed.

Angle revealed, “They carried me through the match, and there were spots where I had to duck, and they actually pulled my head down to hit someone else when I was supposed to duck, and I couldn’t do it. I was out there just being a dead human being.”

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He also discussed his backstage struggle to remember his lines. Stephanie McMahon was supposed to provide instructions for his return to the match. Vince McMahon eventually instructed the use of smelling salts to revive him.

This story only reinforces Kurt Angle’s reputation as an exceptionally tough individual. In the same podcast, Angle shared the physical toll his wrestling career had exacted.

Angle reveals the price he had to pay for becoming a professional wrestler

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He disclosed the harrowing reality of breaking his neck not once but four additional times in the WWE, starting with his initial injury during the 1996 Olympic wrestling trials. Angle talked about the nerve damage in his neck, significant muscle atrophy in his arms, and his inability to feel his pinky fingers. He revealed that his upper body strength had been greatly diminished. With him only able to lift 20-pound dumbbells for curls and 60 pounds for triceps exercises.

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Kurt Angle’s journey reflects the indomitable spirit of a man who achieved Olympic gold with a broken neck. And later faced irrevocable damage as a result. It’s a testament to his incredible resilience and dedication to the world of wrestling. While transitioning from Olympic wrestling to professional wrestling might appear challenging, Angle effortlessly adapted due to his exceptional skills and profound knowledge of the sport. Making him a legendary figure in the sport’s history.

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Dushyant Patni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He fell in love with MMA at the tender age of fourteen and his appreciation for the craft has led him to become a practitioner, too. With a master's degree in English and an extensive background as a writer and editor, he uses his technical ability to articulate the nuances of the sport.
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